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Hennigan echoed those thoughts and heaped praise for the past success onto Lloyd, the Magic’s Director of Scouting. In addition to working through the process of hiring a new coach, Hennigan and his staff will soon start bringing potential draft targets into the Magic’s headquarters at the Amway Center for interviews and workouts. Hennigan feels with the addition of a full-time coach, another top-five pick and the solid talent base already in place, there is plenty to be excited about in the seasons ahead. ``This (time) is very big because it’s our job to make sure that we know these players inside and out, and we’ll used the next five or six weeks to button up any holes in our research that we might have,’’ Hennigan said. ``We’ve got a lot of guys coming back. We’ve got to find a coach and the fifth pick will certainly add to our talent base. It’s up to us to make sure that the pieces fit and continue to push forward.’’ NBA.com

May 19, 2015 Updates

Hi Chad, who do you see the Pistons taking if they get their expected pick at 8? Chad Ford: I have them taking Hezonja but I think they'll be another team that will seriously look at trading their pick for a veteran who can contribute now -- especially if Hezonja and Willie Cauley-Stein are off the board. Orlando, Sacramento, Detroit, Charlotte and Miami are the teams in the Top 10 most likely to trade their pick if they end up picking where they are projected. ESPN.com

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"We were able to get [to speak with] a lot of players that we have a lot of interest in," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "However, I wouldn't say there was a specific position we were targeting. The targets were based on the players we wanted to learn more about as we watched them throughout the season. I think that the meetings and interviews were highly productive, as they usually are," Hennigan added. "We had a chance to meet with a varied number of prospects and had a chance to spend some quality time with them and really dive into their personal story and how they see themselves and what their goals are moving forward. So I think it provided a steady baseline for us to continue to build upon over the next six weeks until the draft." Orlando Sentinel

Justise Winslow, a wing who helped lead Duke to the national title last month, said he interviewed with the Magic during the combine. How did the conversation go? "It was very good," said Winslow, who is widely expected to be a top-six pick. "I really like their group, a young nucleus. ... It's a fun group, a fun city. The meeting went really well. We just talked about different things, picking at my brain on and off the court. So it was a very interesting meeting." Orlando Sentinel

Front office sources believe that if Hoiberg could be had, the Bulls would jump at the opportunity to then leverage the other head coaching openings -- New Orleans, Denver and Orlando, at the moment -- to extract draft-pick compensation for Thibodeau. But one thing the Bulls won't do, according to league sources, is let Thibodeau out of his contract for compensation without knowing they have a replacement who excites them. "That ain't happening," one of the people said. CBSSports.com

The expectation throughout NBA circles is that the Bulls and their coach, Tom Thibodeau, are eager to part ways. NBA insiders also think the Magic would like to talk to Thibodeau about their coaching vacancy. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan is not commenting about his team's coaching search, but league sources said the Magic haven't reached out to potential candidates. Orlando Sentinel


Two dominant big men and a couple of flashy perimeter players top the Magic's list.


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